Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate 

The 21-credit hour Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate is designed to meet the educational needs of a variety of student groups: those already working with older adults, those contemplating a career change, and those working in other fields who wish to increase their knowledge of aging processes to help advocate for this growing segment of the national and internal population.  To address these needs, students complete a set of required courses providing a solid background in the concepts of gerontology.  To this aim, the two-year Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate is for those professionals and/or life-long learners interested in short-term training in the field before potentially pursuing more extensive education in gerontology (e.g., M.A. in Gerontology).

Core or Required Courses (15 credit hours): 
There are two elective “tracks” for certificate students.

“Track” #1: Individualized/Community Outreach (2 Courses - 6 credit hours)

“Track” #2: Public Policy/Administration (2 Courses - 6 credit hours)

Course Transfer Policy

Students may transfer the full credit hours of the certificate as per university course transfer policy into the M.A. in Gerontology program.

Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate

Core Courses
PSYC-401Gerontology: An Overview3
PSYC-403Developmental Processes In Aging:Physiological Aspects3
PSYC-415Practicum In Gerontology3
(if PSYC 415 is waived, an approved graduate-level elective course can be substituted)
PSYC-418Public Policy And Aging3
PSYC-426Values, Decision Making And The Elderly3
Electives - Select one "Track"6
Track 1 - Individualized/Community Outreach (Choose Two Courses)
Aging And The Family
Psychopathology And Aging
Psychotherapy Of The Elderly
Aging Services Network
Track 2 - Public Policy/Administration (Choose Two Course)
Aging And Cultural Diversity In The U.S.
Meanings Of Old Age
PSYC 455 Topics In Gerontology
Total Hours21